Windsor 100 Classic Men’s Fours
By David Keogh
The annual Windsor 100 Classic Men’s Fours Carnival was held on the weekend of April 30 – May 1. There was some doubt whether this popular event would proceed this year due to the devastating floods that inundated the club in late February. Flood waters peaked at 1.7 metres throughout the ground floor, resulting in significant rebuilding and refurbishing.
However, thanks to the tireless efforts from the club’s management and an enthusiastic band of volunteers, the clubhouse and greens were fully operational and ready to host the carnival in time.
A full complement of 28 teams came from across Queensland and interstate to participate in one of the most popular bowls events on the bowls calendar. So popular, this $10,000 event is always filled months in advance. This year’s field was the strongest ever assembled with multiple current and former Queensland players and state champions competing.
Such was the strength of the field, no team was able to win all five games. Amazingly, there were 12 teams still in contention for the $4,000 first prize at the conclusion of the penultimate fourth round. Dale McWhinney- Shillington’s team was the only undefeated team coming into the last round and looked likely winners. However, they stumbled against a wily Ferny Grove outfit skipped by Chris Loane. The final results were:
- 1st. Steve Petsky, Aaron Hewson, Jimmy Anderson, Sean Baker. 4W +35
- 2nd Terry Cummings, Steve Bell, Matty Bell, Reed Burgess. 4W +29
- 3rd Daniel Keogh, Stephen Springate, Brett Kitchen, Nathan Chapman. 4W +21
A huge thanks to the Gold Coast and Tweed District Bowls Association media team for live streaming the weekend. Thanks once again to the major sponsors in Neilsens Concrete, XXXX and Bare Funerals. The 2023 Windsor Classic promises to again be bigger and better (if that is possible) so pencil it into your diaries for 29th and 30th April next year.